We use the standards of best practices as defined by The Council of Writing Program Administrators to determine responsibility of academic dishonesty. The materials on this website are resources to assist in better understanding and addressing academic integrity issues. Please email Assistant Director of Conduct and Community Standards, Andrea Ingram, or call 208-885-6757 to discuss a concern in more detail.
Academic Dishonesty Frequently Asked Questions
Academic dishonesty. Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to the following:
- Cheating. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following actions as they relate to academic work:
- Using, purchasing, providing, or possessing unauthorized materials, sources, or assistance without authorization from the instructor.
- Copying from another’s academic work either for the student’s own use or for the use of others.
- Sharing academic work without prior permission from instructor.
- Acquiring, without written or verbal permission, tests or other academic material belonging to the instructor or another member of the University faculty or staff.
- Completing academic work for someone else or having someone else complete academic work on your behalf.
- Representing another student in a class for attendance or participation purposes or asking another person for representation for attendance or participation purposes.
- Fabrication or falsification of data, research or academic content and the unauthorized alteration or invention of any information or citation.
- Forging, altering, reproducing, removing, destroying, or misusing any University document, record, or instrument of identification.
- Plagiarism. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Using, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.
- The unauthorized alteration or invention of a citation.
- Buying or selling academic work for the purpose of submitting it for course completion.
- Submitting academic work, or any part of academic work, completed for one course as work for another course without the express prior approval of both instructors.
- Prohibited behavior. Engaging in any behavior related to course completion prohibited by the instructor or otherwise including but not limited to unauthorized collaboration and reliance on prohibited technological assistance/artificial intelligence tools.
- Misrepresenting facts for academic advantage. Examples include but are not limited to providing false academic achievements and false medical documentation for academic extensions.
- Violation of University policy regarding intellectual property and research. All data acquired through participation in University research programs is the property of the University and must be provided to the principal investigator. In addition, collaboration with the Office of Research and Economic Development for the assignment of rights, title, and interest in patentable inventions resulting from the research is also required. See FSH 3200.
- Cite your resources. If it isn’t your idea, give the person who came up with it credit for their work.
- Be cautious where you sit. Cover your answers, and distance yourself from others to reduce temptation to cheat.
- Don’t share your assignments. If a classmate has a question, offer to help them.
- Don’t post assignments on websites that offer them to other students.
- Don’t use websites that offer pre-prepared papers for your own assignments.
- Learn each instructor’s expectations. Read the syllabus and ask questions.
- Submit only your own work on assignments.
- Clarify team project parameters. Learn what you are able to submit as your own.
- Comply with honor statements that might be required in your classes.
- Be mindful of using artificial intelligence as each instructor may have different limits or expectations of use. Read your course syllabus carefully!
- Protect and do not share your computer files so others cannot copy your work.
The University of Idaho has specific expectations described in the Student Code of Conduct. Instructors may more specifically define standards for their courses with information in a course syllabus or other documents. Learn the expectations of each instructor, as learning environments vary both in content and teaching style.
Instructors may issue an academic outcome separate from any outcome that the DOS may impose if under the Code there is a finding of responsibility for academic dishonesty/misconduct.